We would like to acknowledge & give thanks to the wonderful Speakers who have dedicated their time to the Q Station Lecture Series;

August 2014

Dr Perry McIntyre - A Disastrous Immigrant Voyage: the Lady Macnaghten 1837
Babette Smith - The Making Of The Australian Working Class - an Irish perspective

June 2014

Professor Warwick Anderson - The Military Spur to Australian Medical
Professor Barry Baker
- Dr Mark Lidwill: a little regognised great Australian - the first person to electrical pace a human heart

May 2014

Emeritus Professor Douglas Saunders - Treating infertility: fertility drugs and IVF - clinical and ethical challenges
Professor Robert Booy -
Immunisation myths and truths

April 2014 Professor Tania Sorrell - One health & emerging infectious diseases
Professor Lyn Gilbert - Healthcare settings as incubators of community infections
March 2014

Ross McMullin - Farewell Dear People: Australia's Gifted Lost Generation of World War I
Peter Hobbins - Treating Snakebite in Colonial Australia

February 2014

Jodi Rose - The end of life transition
Dr Raema Prowse - What are Sleep Cycles & how do I get a good nights rest?

October 2013 Dr Malcolm Stening OAM - Memoirs of Doctors At War
Professor Garry Egger AM (MPH, PhD) - The History of Fat: why we have it and why we're galloping towards obesity
September 2013 Dr Denise Donlon - Narrabeen man: a 4000 year-old slaying in Sydney
Professor Iain McCalman AO - Science and Sensibility. Matthew Flinders and the Great Barrier Reef
August 2013 Bruce Short - Colonial quarantine, scurvy and infectious disease
Dr Paul Lancaster - Sydney’s famous eye surgeon: Norman Gregg
June 2013 Suzanne Stanton - Q Station @ North Head - Key achievements, challenges to date & our plans for the future
Stephen Curruthers - Submarine attack in Sydney Harbour!
May 2013 Jim Boyce - Chemists - Their history on the Peninsula
Dr Stewart Boyce OB/GYN - Is there a philosophical basis to medical practice?
March 2013 John Gascoigne - Cook, Banks, Kew Gardens and Enlightenment Voyaging
Geoff Lambert - What Joseph Banks tripped over - the flora of North Head
February 2013 Professor John Eastman Creswell AM MB BS MD FRACP FRCPA FAFPHM - Dumbing down the population from Tasmania to Tibet: how iodine deficiency deprives children of their intelligence
Dr Michael Gracey - Massacres, murders, mutinies, ‘the bends’, malnutrition, infections, and motor vehicles: some causes of death in Broome from the 1880s to the 21st century
September 2012

Richard White - The first National Parks: whose idea? Yellowstone, Sydney, Banff, Tongariro, Garphyttan
Caroline Ford - A canvas seachange: camping on the beach in mid-twentieth century Sydney

August 2012

Moustapha Kassem - Stem cells and the quest for perpetual regeneration: past, present and future
Dr John Carmody - Leonardo da Vinci: anatomist

July 2012

Sydney Nade - Upward social mobility - the training of a surgeon in the pre-anaesthetic era
Ian Kern - The relations between midwives and doctors - a historical perspective from Hippocrates to the present

June 2012

Philip Sharp - Medieval Medicine c. 400-1400
Jim Boyce
- The Cemeteries of the Northern Beaches, North Head and the Peninsula

May 2012

Diana Noyce - Fateful feast: the final repast on RMS Titanic
Dr Paul Lancaster - Seven miles from Sydney - and needing local care! The evolution of medical services from Manly to Pittwater

April 2012

Greg Watters - Out you go, John, you and your smallpox
Dr Paul Lancaster - Medical men with Mawson in Antarctica

March 2012

Dr Michael Kennedy - Illnesses, medical and other matters, Sydney 1788-1792
Catherine Storey - You should have your head read. The popularity of phrenology in colonial Sydney Town

April 2011 Lisa O‟Sullivan - Dying for home: clinical nostalgia in the nineteenth century by
Dr Paul Lancaster
- Victor Coppleson - surgeon, educator and researcher of shark attacks
March 2011 Anthea Hyslop - Isolating Spanish Influenza 1918 - 1919
Clem Boughton - Infectious diseases, the Quarantine Station and the Coast Hospital
December 2010 Dr Michael Gracey - Indigenous health and epidemics - Indigenous Health: From North Head to the North Kimberley, 1788
Dr John Carmody -
Controversial epidemic: Chicken pox or smallpox in the colony at Sydney Cove in April, 1789
October 2010 Yvonne Cossart - Maritime Quarantine: the Yellow Jack on Sydney Harbour
Lady Jean Foley
- Burial ground at the Quarantine Station and the people buried there
Cate Storey
- A virtual walk of the Quarantine Station and its environs.

Last but certainly not least, many thanks goes to Dr. Paul Lancaster who has dedicated countless hours to finding speakers, and chairing the Lecture Series since its inception in 2010.

Q Station Lecture Series

Date: Sunday 21st September 2014
Time: Morning Session 10am to 12pm, Afternoon Session 2pm to 4pm
Where?: Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park - Manly
Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Cost: Free - RSVPs essential

This Lecture Series will be held in conjunction with the Q Station Manly Family Fun Day


The talks at Q Station on 21 September will be in keeping with the theme of History Week (6-14 September) - The Great War.

'It was to be “the war that will end war” as H.G. Wells commented in August 1914. From the heights of hope to the horror of the trenches, the Great War changed the world irrevocably. It separated families and lovers, turned young men into soldiers and young women into nurses, converted friends and neighbours into enemies. The unusual circumstances of warfare intervened with each aspect of life. In which ways did the conduct of war shape, change and inform those fighting and those remaining on the home front? How have historians approached complex topics surrounding it, such as the scale of violence, women’s involvement in war, forced migration?

What impact did the Great War have on the cultural memory of those involved – allies and enemies? In the aftermath of 1915 Australians elevated the Gallipoli landing into a foundation story, which claims that the nation was born on this battlefield, but there are more layers of remembrance yet to be uncovered and examined. History Week 2014 will explore the impact of World War One abroad and at home.'

Morning Session


How going to war in 1914 was a distraction from more important things: trout fishing, the Davis Cup, rowing on the Thames, the Australian election,"troubles" in Ireland
Speaker: Dr John Carmody

‘No fighting words in Australia as Britain declared war on Germany. “In my beginning is my end,” TS Eliot wrote in East Coker. It was a sentiment true of World War I. So few were paying proper attention – apart, perhaps, from the High Command of the German armed forces.

About The Speaker:

Dr John Carmody is a scientist and historian at the Discipline of Physiology, University of Sydney. He is convenor of ‘Medicine and Music’ for the Master of Medical Humanities program at the University of Sydney and President of the Australian Catholic Historical Society.

Rallying the Troops: A World War I Commemoration
Speakers: Kathie Rieth, Evelyn Wyatt, David Wilkins and Jackie Van Bergen

Over 1300 men and women with links to Ku-ring-gai served in World War I. They came from all walks of life, from labourers to university lecturers. Their origins were diverse, not only from the immediate locality but also from other parts of New South Wales, from other states and from other countries. Their achievements were many: one in every ten was decorated. Their losses were great: one in every five did not return. What all did for their nation is monumental. Volume I, with a foreword by Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, has been researched and written by members of Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

About The Speakers:

Kathie Rieth, Evelyn Wyatt, David Wilkins and Jackie Van Bergen are members of the team from Ku-ring-gai Historical Society who have published their first book

Afternoon Session


Some St Vincent’s Hospital Surgeons and World War I
Speaker: Max Coleman

This talk  explores the effect of World War I on a number of surgeons at St Vincent’s Hospital. These effects vary from the horrors of Gallipoli, the death of sons of surgeons serving their country, the internment of a St Vincent’s surgeon of German descent, and will examine the effect of war on surgical competence and innovation. It will also examine the lives of the surgeons after the war.

About The Speaker:
Dr Max Coleman was a medical student and Resident Medical Officer at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney from 1966. In 1971 he became a Research Fellow at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research working on Gastrointestinal Hormones for 3 years before becoming a Surgical Registrar. He did postgraduate surgical training in the UK in Southampton and Bristol. In 1977 and 1978 he obtained Fellowships of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was appointed to the Gastrointestinal Surgical Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney in 1979 and was Director of Surgery in 2007-8. He retired in 2009 and is writing a ‘History of 150 years of Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital from 1857 to 2007’. He serves on the Archives Committee and is a Trustee of the St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation. He was Chairman of the St Vincent’s Private Hospital Centenary Committee.

Physicians in the Great War
Speaker: Dr Paul Lancaster

More than 150 Fellows and Members of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians served in the Great War. Some had either interrupted their medical course or had occasionally enrolled as medical students after the war, enlisting as stretcher-bearers, ambulance drivers or gunners. Biographical sketches illustrate their highly varied war experiences and subsequent professional careers. Many were in general practice before beginning specialty practice as general physicians, cardiologists, psychiatrists, fledgling paediatricians, or in treating the scourge of tuberculosis. Others achieved significant leadership positions within their profession and in the wider community in all Australian states, New Zealand, and sometimes in other countries.

About The Speaker
Dr Paul Lancaster began his career as a neonatal paediatrician in Sydney then worked as a public health physician and researcher at the University of Sydney. He has been researching Sydney doctors and medical students who served in the First World War for more than 5 years, leading him to a special interest in medical biographies.

For more information on Family Fun Day &/or to RSVP for the Lecture Series click here

Venue and Information

Venue: Q Station is located at North Head Scenic Drive, Manly. Entry is free but reservations are essential. Complimentary tea, coffee and water will be available. The Visitor Centre at Q Station now has some excellent displays and memorabilia that tell the stories of quarantine, infectious diseases and public health. Additional beverages, snacks or refreshments may be purchased from the Visitor Centre Kiosk.

If you are driving to the Quarantine Station, follow the directions to North Head. After passing Manly Hospital, go through the stone arch 'Parkhill'. Follow this road until you reach a roundabout and turn right into Q Station complimentary parking area. The shuttle bus regularly picks up from the waiting room there and will transfer guests to near the Lecture Theatre. Be sure to leave sufficient time to be transported within Q Station by arriving early and enjoying the ambience! Take a walk and enjoy the views at North Head!

To assist those who like to plan their diaries well in advance, unless advised otherwise please note that talks in the Q Station Lecture Series will be held on the 4th Sunday afternoon of each month throughout the year from February to November. Programs and other information are posted each month as soon as speakers are confirmed.

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